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Parliamentary questions
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6 July 2018
E-003724-18
Question for written answer E-003724-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Piernicola Pedicini (EFDD) , Marco Valli (EFDD) , Fabio Massimo Castaldo (EFDD) , Marco Zullo (EFDD)

 Subject:  Fraud and agricultural payments agency irregularities
 Answer in writing 

In 2011, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) received allegations of fraud and irregularities at the Basilicata regional agricultural payments agency (ARBEA), but chose not to investigate them because the Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) decided to impose a fine on the agency as part of the clearance of accounts procedure and the Italian judicial authorities opened criminal proceedings.

In 2012, a fine of EUR 6.4 million was imposed in response to shortcomings in the agency’s accounting, human resources, delegation of tasks, controls, internal controls and IT security.

In view of OLAF case OF/2011/1117 and Written Question E-008818/2014:
1. How big a fine did DG AGRI impose in 2011 and what irregularities and examples of fraud was ARBEA found to have committed during 2011?
2. What is the situation regarding the EU’s objections to ARBEA’s practices in the light of the criteria laid down in Regulation (EC) No 885/2006 and of that agency’s breach of Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005?

Supporter(1)

(1)This question is supported by a Member other than the authors: Dario Tamburrano (EFDD).

Original language of question: IT 
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